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Why does not the Lord hear my prayer, answering it? Have you ever asked yourself this question? It is likely you have; it is a question that many of us have asked. Perhaps the answer lies within the words of Psalm 66:18, “If I regard iniquity in my heart, The Lord will not hear.” The psalmist spoke these words, not because he was guilty of them, but as a reminder to himself and others about how true they really are. The idea of “regarding iniquity” in the heart corresponds to “harboring” (NET), “ignoring my sins” (GNB), or “cherished iniquity” (ESV). Next time you ask yourself concerning the hearing and answering of prayer, be mindful of these words and take inventory with regard to your relationship to the Lord (cf. 2 Corinthians 13:5).

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